Pho, Banh Mi & Viet coffee now at Marketown
Traditional Vietnamese flavours hit Marketown for your out of the ordinary lunch fixSee our handpicked guides to Newcastle
BY ALICIA POOLE
Owner Jennie Truong opened up just last month and from day dot, has been run off her feet with busy lunch rushes. With strong Vietnamese family roots, Jennie’s family immigrated to Sydney in 1985 where she spent her childhood growing up.
Moving to Newcastle 15 years ago with the entire family, Jennie was ready for a lifestyle change after a long haul in the nail industry.
“I’ve been in the nail industry for about 14 years and I needed a change and I’ve always loved food. I like cooking it, I like eating it and I thought, why not?”
Noticing the gap in the market for authentic, traditional Vietnamese street food, Jennie jumped on the opportunity and has been flat out since opening
The name, Lotus Express, with Lotus referring to her Asian roots and express ensuring you know that your dish will be fast and fresh.
The typical Vietnamese favourites are on the menu with the likes of their Pho, Banh Mi and the Viet coffee topping our personal favourites list.
What is Viet coffee you ask?
“Vietnamese coffee is made through a drip, so it’s a very slow process…You mix it with condensed milk and it gives you that extra sweet and creamy flavour.”
The menu is chockablock with some serious flavour and take it from me; go easy on the chillies.
Ultimately, if you’re after an authentic Vietnamese meal, the Lotus Express menu is sure to keep your taste buds tantalised.
“The recipes are standard but sometimes we’ll have a weekly special…sometimes, if I feel creative or if there’s a need for something different. A few weeks ago, we had a chicken and corn soup.”
Open six days a week (Mon–Sat), Lotus Express will set you right with their full menu of traditional Vietnamese street eats.